Last year was the first flu season to be classified as high severity across all age groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This shows that no one can afford to ignore flu prevention. With that in mind, what are you doing to fight the flu?
Flu by the Numbers
According to a recent survey from Harris Insights & Analytics, 66 percent of people still go to work when they have the flu. Knowing this, it’s safe to assume some of your co-workers and employees will be coming to work while ill. You need a flu prevention strategy in place to reduce the damage.
Prepping the Workplace for the Flu
Since it’s difficult to stop people from coming into work, you need certain amenities to help the rest of the workplace fend off the flu.
Here are some of the must-have items you should keep in the workplace, according to the Harris study:
• Hand soap
• Cough drops
• Cold medicine
• Pain reliever
• Vitamin C
• Hand sanitizer
Developing a Prevention Plan
A flu prevention strategy will look different depending on the workplace, but it’s critical that you have one. When developing your plan, consider aspects like offering free flu shots and communicating effective flu prevention methods to employees.